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11/4/2012 6:00:00 AM
Editorial Column: Thankfully, the end is very near

Alan Choate
News Editor

By now, you've probably seen the video of Abigael Evans, 4, of Fort Collins, Colo., breaking down in tears because she's tired, tired, tired of hearing about "Bronco Bamma" and Mitt Romney on the news.

Truth indeed comes from the mouths of babes. For two years we've been hammered with this contest, from the exploratory probes to the straw polls to the Republican primary, which had more installments than the "Friday the 13th" and "Nightmare on Elm Street" franchises combined (and was consistently scarier), to the actual Campaign Season Blob That Ate Our Brains, and - to top it off - waaayyyy more Donald Trump than is safe for anyone not currently employed by TMZ.

In Arizona, of course, our own private hell is the Invasion of the Senate Ads from Jeff Flake and Richard Carmona. If there was more time left, I would audition cute kids for a tear-soaked appeal to "Feff Flake and Richie Carbona" to please stop scaring the children.

But I digress.

Why do we do it? Why do we subject ourselves to this increasingly rancid process every four years, this ridiculous circus that takes billions to put on and leaves nothing but anger and exhaustion in its wake?

Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi blames the media, and to a degree he has a point. These campaigns are big business to a lot of large media outlets, giving them a vested interest in pumping up the vitriol, stirring the controversy pot and making sure that anyone who tunes in "knows" that choosing the head of a single branch of government is, without a doubt, the Most Important Decision You Will Ever Face to Define Your Generation, even though those were the stakes four years ago, and four years before that, and so on.

What we end up with is the ultimate reality show, something along the lines of "Survivor" meets "The Amazing Race." (By the way, I hear C-SPAN is developing a reality show called "America's Got Talking Points!" Okay, not really.)

We tune in for the fireworks.

We like to think we're rational human beings who weigh both sides of issues, consider the facts, work through the logic and come to reasonable conclusions. But we don't. We're not Vulcans. We are volatile, emotional, instinctive creatures who occasionally employ reason but usually follow the directions of our lizard brains, even if we're able to gloss over irrationality with plausible-sounding explanations.

It's the contest, the strife, the fighting we like. We want a hard-fought match, be it in the boxing ring, on the gridiron or at the ballot box. We want heroes and villains, people to root for and despise, and like any action movie - James Bond flicks are a good example - the heroes have to overcome big odds and the villains must be powerful and despicable.

Hence, you have the vision of Obama as a gay Muslim fascist socialist Manchurian candidate who's going to tank the economy and then let armies of illegal immigrants and terrorists run amok and sell crack and meth and heroin to people forced to be on welfare, which is funded by borrowing from the Chinese, who eventually seize our armed forces and nuclear arsenal as collateral and then use it to blow us all up.

Or, you view Romney as an evil cyborg controlled by banking satellites to suck up money like an industrial vacuum so he can carpet his 228 mansions with it and roll around in moolah while feasting on foie gras and caviar with other billionaires who enjoy hunting the unemployed for sport and mount stuffed homeless human trophies on their walls, stopping the party only to relieve themselves into gold-and-diamond toilets that dump sewage into the peasants' water supply.

Folks, that's not how this works. When the votes are counted, a wealthy, well-educated American will be president, and he'll have a brutally hard job to do.

On Tuesday, no matter how the votes come down, remember - it's not the end of the world.

That, according to the ancient Mayans, happens next month.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Article comment by: Jack Shepherd

I have now lost every thing three times, including my country. Kick start the restart. Our economy is on its death bed. They started with Sandy victums, kicking them out of shelters with no where to go. State run programs equate to you die, and I will live just fine. Now define who is I? It's not you or me. It is Mondaynights TV Revolution brought to reality. Why, We The People gave up on America decades ago. Good luck, and keep looking back. The goverment is gaining on you!

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Billionaires tried to buy the election in 2012, lost all that money for nothing, they could have burned it in a fire place and got as much from it as they did by giving it to all them right wing operatives who took their money in them superpacs such as Karl Rove, Dick Armey and the tea party fizzled! The wrestling mogul lost her 100 million personal spending on her second bid at office, guess the irony is greed, avarice does bring bad karma with it sometimes!

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Says It All

How many congressmen do you know of living in poverty, or even on a middle class income? Senators? How about the current president? Do you really think that any of them care what you want, or care about you? Guess again. They will give you food stamps and werlfare to keep you voting for them. That's about it.

And if you ever want to see what the obama base is reaslly like, just google "obama money"
and then "obama phone". Great videos that pretty much say it all.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Tea Party congressional and senatorial seats lost to democrats, white house still in democrat hands, congress either negotiates or sequester occurs in Jan., taxes go up on all, cuts all around, guess beware what one wishes for! The good thing is the whiners have something to whine about for 4 more years to give their lives meaning!

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Says It All

@ Frank Lee Speaking

Nope! Your off mark again. These politicians are voted in to represent "the people" and be their voice.

Nowhere have I seen it written that it read, "voted in to represent only those with political or financial interests" and to be their voice.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking


"only the rich wanting to run this country"

Who is going to run it........"we, the people"? LoL.

Here's a thought. When Guardian Fiberglass is closed and locked why don't you and some laid off hicks break in, take it over, and demand the govt let "we, the people" run it. You know, like a workers cooperative. And when you fail, and you would, just demand the govt. bail you out.

Or maybe the govt. can just print more money, if it does not have the tax revenue to give you stuff you think you are entitled to.

Or were you referring to all those poor, humble, democrat politicians in DC? Better check the records barely a poor one anywhere.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Says It All

@ Lori

"And compassion for the less fortunates in this country won over greed", that says it all! The American people are done with only the rich wanting to run this country, they are tired of them changing the rules and laws in favor of lining their pockets. We the people, are tired of the painted lies!

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Hope Wins Again

@ Alan Choate - Although, your leaning towards the Republican way still shows through somewhat, your letter demonstrates your intentions to be fair, for which I give you credit. Now that the voting is done, the dye is cast, we should all put our efforts behind getting things done for the betterment of our entire country instead of for the betterment of one party or class in our country.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Election is over for most of us, but for the conspiracy theorists last nights defeat of their candidate will only create more conspiracies, more anger, more venomous hatred, the good thing is all that pent up anger hurts no one but themselves and stresses them old arteries! Win or lose my life was not going to change, nor will this next 4 years of Obama change anything, economy was on the mend, only thing now Romney cannot claim he caused the nations recovery since its just a cycle thing, recessions, depressions come and go, read your history books all this economic woe has happened in the past as well as the recovery!

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Lori Gabriel-Dane

And to all the Democratic Governors and Senators who won their races.

All I have to say to all you right-wing conspiracy lovers and Obama haters is: whether you believe it or not, the country won today.

For all of the hundreds-of-millions of dollars the right spent, for all of the conspiracy theories they concocted, for all of the lies they told, for all of the votes they tried to suppress, and for all of the hatred they spewed, the right-wing did not deserve to win anything.

When the right has done nothing for 4 years to help get this country out of the mess they put us in, why would the country turn around and help them be elected or reelected? The citizens have spoken loud and clear - far-right radical ideologies are not welcome in our Government.

The GOP has, hopefully, learned a lesson from this election. Bible-thumping and vowing to repeal, deregulate, or get rid of programs that help the poor and middle class will never get them elected - not in this day and age. And, hopefully, they have learned that obstructing everything is not a winning solution to getting back the White House.

I'm sure you Obama-haters are seething right now, and I really do feel sorry for you. But truth won over lies. Consistency won over inconsistency. And compassion for the less fortunates in this country won over greed. There isn't enough money in the world (Citizens United) that can silence the will of the people.

I do give Romney credit for giving a gracious concession speech. During his campaign, had he been as truthful, humble and compassionate as his speech was tonight, this election could have turned out a lot differently.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: pl .....

FLS.....I only came across Duff for the first time a few days ago, so I only suggested that people take a look at his writings. I have to agree here that it's necessary to sift through a lot of "whatever" at times to find kernels of truth. I wish it were easier.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Dear Kingman

Why are you so paranoid? No president can do the things your afraid of in even two terms.

End of America, Freedom, rights...I hardly think so.

This is just one more election for 2 groups of lying politicians. Does it really matter who wins?

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

It's November 6, 2012 at 9:15pm and it's over. Obama has been named the winner with 275 electoral votes.

It is now time to put aside all the hate, divisiveness and animosity and work together to get this nation's economy back on track once again. We're still No. 1, we've always been No. 1 and we can be No. 1 for many years into the future. But it takes working together. Can we do this?

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“I prefer nothing be put out until the last polls close. Another leak, that the obama camp may declare o a winner late in the afternoon to discourage western states from going to vote.”

But when, “They published at first Romney was up 92,000…” that was okay? Pick a side and stick to it.

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: Nick Schmidt

Hi Linda Athens, foie gras is fat
goose liver and caviar from the
Caspian Sea has become rare
because the Russians can afford
the eat it themselves and the
caviar from Iran is under embargo.
I'd like to see Mitt at the helm.
I'm curious. About his policy on
illegal immigration. And because
the nation can put all the blame
on him, 4 years later.

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Early voting in Ohio is up at 10:30 AM today in Bush counties, down in obama country.

They published at first Romney was up 92,000, then took it down.

I prefer nothing be put out until the last polls close. Another leak, that the obama camp may declare o a winner late in the afternoon to discourage western states from going to vote.

Ignore it all - go vote. Wait for the polls to end.

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Schmo


Well I just got back from casting my ballot for President Obama. And here's my election prediction. Obama 303 EV and Romney 235 EV. Obama wins 50% of popular vote. Romney wins 47% of the popular vote. 3% of the vote will go to third party candidates.

But don't despair. R-Money will win Arizona by something like 52% to 45%. Deep red Mohave County will be closer to 65% to 35% for R-Money. Sadly, lots of people here, including you, seem to enjoy voting against their own self-interests.

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Kind of sad tonight - looking at the Ohio stadium where obama gave his last campaign speech. It's half empty and even with a rap singer and old Springsteen with him, he couldn't even fill half of it up for his last lap.

Frankly, with those two with him would be one reason I wouldn't show up. Can't stand rap and the only thing about Springsteen I like is the Eric Church country hit titled Springsteen.

But Bob Seger RULES!!! For him, I would hitchhike cross country.

So o started with a lukewarm first address in Ohio and ends the same way.

Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012
Article comment by: ole guy

Alan, somehow you captured "the essence of Obama" perfectly! Thanks.

Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Phil L

Gordon Duff

Left wing loon. 9/11 Truther loon. No proof of military service that i can find anywhere other than his own claim. Like many, calls himself a Viet Nam Vet with no proof. Does guest appearances on Coast to Coast AM, a loon program that caters to conspiracy nuts. His website is a joke.


Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

@ The Fox Hound

I could not agree with you more about Matt Taibi - an excellent investigatve journalist. And yes, Stewart and Colbert are amazing in how they point out the idiocy of the Right.

Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Poll watchers? Like the New Black Panthers carrying night sticks at the polls?

To say Republicans being poll watchers are automatically loons gives you the IQ of the poster here.

One wonders how sooooo many loons came into being in the last couple of years. Odd thing, it seems like all you have to be is a Republican to be a loon. Sort of like, all you have to be to be a blind fool is a Democrat?

We will have a President Romney very soon. Enjoy! I predict Romney in a landslide. BO has never hit 50 - even with polls of DEMOCRAT + 11 he cannot hit 50. That means LANDSLIDE TO ME!

Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Election Tips – It is too late to return a mail ballot. Arizona law stipulates that mail-in ballots must be received by Election Day, NOT postmarked by Election Day. However, a mail ballot may be dropped off at any polling location in a drop box on Election Day.

The Republicans, working in conjunction with the Tea… well, you know, will be sending “poll watchers” out to challenge Democrat voters at polling locations throughout the state. It is important to not allow these people to interfere with your voting rights and to stick up for your right to vote. Arizona laws stipulates that if you show up at a polling location and are a registered voter you must be allowed to vote. If one of these loons attempts to block you demand your ballot and if you meet resistance from an election official demand a provisional ballot. These loons are not allowed, by law, to talk to you directly. If one attempts to do so IMMEDIATELY report them to an election official and demand they be removed from the polling location.

These loons have been given some very bad information from the Tea… well, you know… as to what they can do to interfere with the rights of voters. Do not allow them to get away with it. Be confrontational, demand they leave you alone, demand they be escorted out if they speak to you. The Tea… well, you know, will be doing everything imaginable to suppress Democrat voters – the law is on your side, don’t let them get away with it.

Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

Great letter Mr Choate and not just because I agree with most of it. Matt Taibbi is a great reporter and one of the last true sources of real info in America. It's funny that you get more truth from a Rock and Roll magizine and Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Steven Cobert than you do from any other media sources. You don't even have to watch those shows because so many news programs are always runing clips on their boring news shows. Taibbi did great work on the financial meltdown but it seems that the criminals are going to get away with the biggest raiding of the Treasury in American history, and nobody appears to be at fault for these crimes. At least both parties seem to think that nobody needs to go to jail, execept pot smokers of course. If I were you Mr Choate I would be very careful that you don't slip into looking at things from both sides, remember this is Kingman and you work for the Miner. Just saying

Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Article comment by: Orange Apples

Alan reminded me of one possibly very important issue. Do Not Mess Up your Ballot. If you vote for too many options or both ways on a measure or skip one, your whole ballot may get trashed. If you do mess up, go to the volunteers immediately and request a new ballot. Asking will cause some issues, they expect humans to be perfect. If your ballot is messed up then don't give it to them, in fact insist they give you a new one, even if it is one of the ones for people whose name does not show up on Registered Voters list.
You have the right to vote, and you do not need to be perfect to vote.

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